Too Close For Comfort: Lightning Strike Splinters Telephone Pole To Toothpicks

July 26, 2016


This is a video of a lightning strike decimating a telephone pole during the recent storms in Chicago. One second, telephone pole, the next second, toothpicks. It made me wish I'd been there to collect all the wood and sell an exclusive limited edition of 'Lightning Carved' toothpicks. You think rich people wouldn't buy those? Rich people would buy anything that proves they have money to burn. You ever seen a rich relative light a cigar with a $100 bill before? I jumped on Uncle Chet's arm like a hero diving on a grenade.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Jeffrey S, who agrees after witnessing that was probably a good time for a bathroom break.

  • Trojanman

    I climb these poles for a living 0.0

  • dougfunnay

    i always thought you were a viral advertising guru for a gimmicky condom company

  • Meh

    Damn i love video's that are to the point. I'll go with spagetti monster this time, clearly saw his tentacle move.

  • Bling Nye

    And lo, Jesus spake unto them, "Watch me wrek dis foo"
    And lo, did Jesus cast bolts of lightning from his Father bits,
    And lo, foos was wreked and it was good.

  • Brandon

    Jesus is not god btw.

  • Bling Nye
  • Frédéric Purenne

    All those comments about the video being stolen and OP loosing money... SMH

  • Same thing happened to the telephone pole outside my house when I was a kid. Except along with the top of the pole, it also took our living room tv, Microwave, Stove, and my Playstation 1 :(

  • Andrew

    needs moar fuses

  • Bling Nye

    God clearly hates you. You should check out Satan, he's a cool dude. He'd give you a PS1 for free.

  • Geekologie

    are you okay?

  • Thankfully yes. We had actually just gotten home and were standing a decent distance away from any of the things that got fried when it happened. Family bought an N64 after that.

  • Bling Nye

    ...sure doesn't look ok...

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